On Friday, SMS and I went to Hotaru for a welcome back party for one of our friends who was an embedded alternate to deploy but ended up not being picked up. The food was delicious and at some point, I'd like to go back with SMS and eat off the a la carte menu. The group was smaller this time and it was nice to hang out with our friends here but whom we don't see enough since people frequently have travel plans. This weekend, for example, several friends went down to Kyoto for the sakura (cherry blossoms).
|Walking in Yokosuka|
Afterwards, we walked to the Yokosuka Central Park to see some cherry blossoms. There, we ran into a friend of mine from the Kitty Hawk and he walked with us for a bit. We saw his amazing customized home and then he walked a bit into town with us, showing some of his favorite shops and highlights. We saw a antique shop, croquette shop that one FujiTV announcer said was the best in Japan and a delicious looking soba shop. We also saw a building that was more than 100 years old that was very beautiful. It now houses a store that sells all accessories for participating in a Mikoshi parade. We will have to go back and check it out!
On Sunday, I went for a run and wandered through the cherry blossoms of Hashirimizu. They were gorgeous and the noontime sun made the trees look spectacular. I finished my run and SMS and I headed out to have a little picnic. Well, unfortunately, the clouds rolled in with rain so it was still pretty but not picnic-able weather. We went to Kamakura for dinner that night and had great sushi, a oden-like soup with a fish head, tofu with tripe (mistake and not really eaten) and calamari.
|View from the cove. SMS got a much better picture based on locals' advice!|